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All-white 6-point buck spotted near Port Washington
JS Online ^ | 11-20-11 | Lee Bergquist

Posted on 11/20/2011 5:26:58 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic

Amy Mattson of Mequon was driving south of Port Washington earlier this month when she spied an all-white buck standing in a field.

The nose of the 6-point buck appears to be pink in the photos that she and a friend shot.

A pink nose and presumably pink eyes - a deer bereft of any color - means the two appeared to be observing a rare albino deer, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

"It was very pretty," Mattson said Saturday, the first day of Wisconsin's traditional nine-day gun season.

In the dim light of late afternoon, "it almost looked like an angel or something," she recalled.

"I can't imagine why anyone would want to shoot it."

In fact, albino deer, and another type of white deer with a black nose and colored eyes, can't be shot, according Davin Lopez, a DNR biologist.

The exception is in the state's chronic wasting disease zones, where the DNR wants to reduce deer populations.

Lopez said that albino deer are the rarer of the two, but both are uncommon.

A story in Outdoor Life last year by writer Travis Faulkner says the chances of an albino deer born in the wild is 1 in 20,000.

Faulkner said these "mystical ghosts of the woods" were even documented in journal entries by European explorers in present-day Wisconsin.

White deer are sometimes known to live in pockets, since the genetic trait is passed down.

The closest such pocket in metropolitan Milwaukee is in the Dousman area, Lopez said. Faulkner describes a large group living near Boulder Junction, which has been chronicled in a book, "White Deer: Ghosts of the Forest."

On Nov. 14, Mattson was with her sister, Emily Mueller, 13, of Grafton.

They were returning from a Big Brothers/Big Sisters holiday party in Port Washington when the pair spied the white buck on Sauk Road near the intersection of Highway 32, on the border of Port Washington and the Town of Grafton.

Mueller took a picture with Mattson's camera from the car. Then, Mattson, 27, a nurse, shot more photos outside of the car.

The deer appeared to be almost tame, she said. She whistled once. Like a pet dog, it looked up.

Lopez said the DNR hasn't had any significant problem with poachers shooting the deer as a trophy.

As for the deer, the white coat isn't necessarily a blessing. It leaves them more vulnerable to predation, especially as a fawn, because it can't blend in to its surroundings.


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Photo courtesy of Amy Mattson

Amy Mattson spotted this all-white whitetail deer near Grafton last weekend. A pink nose and presumably pink eyes - a deer bereft of any color - means the she appeared to be observing a rare albino deer.

1 posted on 11/20/2011 5:27:00 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; SJackson

Isn’t he beautiful?


2 posted on 11/20/2011 5:28:02 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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3 posted on 11/20/2011 5:28:50 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


4 posted on 11/20/2011 5:29:18 PM PST by Faith
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Wow. Beautiful.


5 posted on 11/20/2011 5:30:57 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I'll bet he'll be tasty too.

Heading up tomorrow.

6 posted on 11/20/2011 5:31:17 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

That’s a beautiful animal.


7 posted on 11/20/2011 5:31:50 PM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Sure would make things a lot easier if someone could genetically engineer them to be hunter orange.


8 posted on 11/20/2011 5:31:50 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: usconservative

There’s going to be a huge tally of deer taken in Michigan this year.


9 posted on 11/20/2011 5:33:24 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hopefully some assh*le with a high powered rifle won’t kill it.


10 posted on 11/20/2011 5:33:35 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Rare indeed.I was fortunate to see an albino racon once when I was younger but to see this beautiful animal would have been something unreal.Thanks for posting.


11 posted on 11/20/2011 5:38:50 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Faith

Albino deer are protected but what about ginger deer?


12 posted on 11/20/2011 5:39:20 PM PST by kaboom
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To: afraidfortherepublic

probably tastes like chicken.


13 posted on 11/20/2011 5:39:46 PM PST by umgud
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It does appear to be a true albino.
How often does that occur in deer?


14 posted on 11/20/2011 5:41:00 PM PST by AlexW
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That’s racist. I demand an equal number of Black deer.


15 posted on 11/20/2011 5:41:30 PM PST by PAR35
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To: usconservative

I want the back strap.


16 posted on 11/20/2011 5:41:54 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Isn’t that from one of the Harry Potter movies? :)


17 posted on 11/20/2011 5:42:34 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012 -- the man we need at the time we need him)
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To: BenLurkin

Yeah, so nice of the writer to practically post the buck’s GPS coordinates. A more vague location would have served just fine.


18 posted on 11/20/2011 5:43:42 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: usconservative

“I can’t imagine why anyone would want to shoot it.” Most of those who have killed a white deer die within the next year! Killing the white deer is just something you don’t do!


19 posted on 11/20/2011 5:44:10 PM PST by WellyP (REAL)
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To: cripplecreek
Sure would make things a lot easier if someone could genetically engineer them to be hunter orange.


20 posted on 11/20/2011 5:44:42 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012 -- the man we need at the time we need him)
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To: freedumb2003

Venison in a fancy package.


21 posted on 11/20/2011 5:46:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: usconservative

“I’ll bet he’ll be tasty too.”
__________________________________

You sound like the typical poachers that I had to chase
off my farm, and call the game warden on every year. :P


22 posted on 11/20/2011 5:46:10 PM PST by AlexW
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To: WellyP

They’re all meat inside.


23 posted on 11/20/2011 5:48:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

>>Venison in a fancy package.<<

Worst smell I ever encountered was deer baloney. OTOH it was weird tasting but not bad.


24 posted on 11/20/2011 5:51:15 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012 -- the man we need at the time we need him)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Beautiful animal. Wasn’t it a white stag that the elves chased through Mirkwood? ;o)


25 posted on 11/20/2011 5:51:48 PM PST by Hetty_Fauxvert (Fuel up the Cain Train! Donate today! - - - https://www.hermancain.com/donate)
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To: cripplecreek

Might be for down there, but up here it aint good. At least it has not started out good.

The wolves have done their job.

Went up to one of my old places that I have not hunted since 88. Not much for sign. Used to see several deer in a day up there and good sign all over. I walked the whole four sections and never saw so much as a flag.

Up here if you want to see deer, get near town.


26 posted on 11/20/2011 5:57:54 PM PST by crz
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To: cripplecreek

They dont know that albino deer is not unusual.


27 posted on 11/20/2011 5:59:44 PM PST by crz
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To: afraidfortherepublic

There are white deer all over the woods here in the Finger Lakes, and they are not albinos...they are simply white. Most of them are within the confines of the old Seneca Army Depot. Here they can be shot like any other deer, in fact, a friend has a doe mounted in a glass case in his living room.


28 posted on 11/20/2011 5:59:47 PM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton, "Paradise Lost")
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To: BenLurkin

They are protected in WI. Killing one would bring a severe penalty, like losing your license forever.


29 posted on 11/20/2011 6:02:11 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

White Hart and all that stuff... return of the king? ... Reagan?


30 posted on 11/20/2011 6:02:42 PM PST by Porterville (Methink'st thou art a general offence and every man should beat thee.)
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To: AlexW

There are several colonies of them (albinos) in WI. I’ve never heard of them in Port Washington, however.


31 posted on 11/20/2011 6:04:13 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: crz

There were more than 1000 reported at just the reporting station in Jerome and Brooklyn in the first 48 hours.


32 posted on 11/20/2011 6:05:12 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Isn’t there some old Indian legend or Nostradamus story about the end of days when a great white deer appears and crazy people occupy a street called “Wall”????


33 posted on 11/20/2011 6:05:55 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: PAR35
That’s racist. I demand an equal number of Black deer.

Albinism is anti-black. Into the ovens with them....

34 posted on 11/20/2011 6:05:59 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: cripplecreek

It would make a fine white leather smoking jacket....


35 posted on 11/20/2011 6:07:31 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cvengr

Pro-ba-blee. It’d make a good story, if nothing else.


36 posted on 11/20/2011 6:08:34 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: WellyP

Look what PETA does!(pay no attention to the model on the right,...)

37 posted on 11/20/2011 6:10:09 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
these are the kind we have around here... they are not albinos, they are white deer

38 posted on 11/20/2011 6:10:42 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Cool...natural winter camo. Not so good in the summer, though.


39 posted on 11/20/2011 6:11:37 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

I was up at the University of Louisville library last week and was amazed by the number of albino squirrels running around. It was hard to get an accurate count, but I know there were at least ten.


40 posted on 11/20/2011 6:11:42 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: ez

Had a friend many years ago who was a DA civilian at Seneca. She was jack-lighting a white buck one night, shot it and the darn thing came to again in the station wagon. By the time she cut it’s throat, it had completely shredded the back interior of that car.


41 posted on 11/20/2011 6:12:25 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Chode

Somewhere in the story it mentions the white deer with black noses. Although not strictly albino, they are protected too, except in the “deer wasting” areas of the state.

The one in Pt. Washington appears to have a pink nose — thus a true albino. He’s just gorgeous and located not too far from where I work. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled. OOr, maybe clean out my closets and take a trip over to St. Vincent de Paul. I’d drive right through the area where these folks took these pictures.


42 posted on 11/20/2011 6:21:03 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BerryDingle

Serves her right!


43 posted on 11/20/2011 6:23:14 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Stonewall Jackson
amazed by the number of albino squirrels running around.

I saw a blond squirrel once on Cape Cod. Not white -- golden blond. Weird.

44 posted on 11/20/2011 6:26:28 PM PST by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This is a mutant deer that must be eliminated in order to protect the gene pool...


45 posted on 11/20/2011 6:29:52 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (You know, 99.99999965% of the lawyers give all of them a bad name)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight...


46 posted on 11/20/2011 6:30:23 PM PST by ResponseAbility (Islam...Imperialism in a turban.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Sorry, but I couldn't help but think of the Three Stooges:

"Oh, see the deer."

"Has the deer a little doe?"

"Yeah, two bucks!"

47 posted on 11/20/2011 6:31:42 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Semper911
I had one of those running around my back yard earlier this year, but I think a hawk got it.

There is a flock of wild turkeys near my neighborhood that has two albinos in it.

48 posted on 11/20/2011 6:33:56 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Protected here in tn as well

Have a white I see on one farm that I’m not able to watch as well

as I wish.Hope it moves over to the TVA property


49 posted on 11/20/2011 6:41:16 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
What a beautiful animal. I would love to have his head hanging on the wall of my den.
50 posted on 11/20/2011 6:45:51 PM PST by fso301
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